Tribal Energy Project Funding History

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funds a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in an effort to assist tribes in realizing their energy visions. Between 2002 and 2017, DOE invested nearly $78 million in 250 tribal energy projects implemented across the contiguous 48 states and in Alaska, through funding provided by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program and DOE Office of Indian Energy. These projects, valued at over $150 million, are leveraged by over $73 million in recipient cost share. Data on DOE tribal energy project awards by type and funding history is provided below.

For information on funding prior to 2009 through the DOE EERE Tribal Energy Program, a predecessor of the DOE Office of Indian Energy, visit the Archived Tribal Energy Project Funding History page.

Tribal Energy Project Funding History by Fiscal Year

Click on a year below to learn more about projects during that fiscal year (FY).

2016

In FY 2015, DOE solicited applications for financial assistance from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations, village corporations, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations) and tribal energy resource development organizations to deploy facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects and community-scale clean energy projects on Indian lands. A total of 14 deployment projects were awarded in FY 2016.

In the second quarter of FY 2016, DOE solicited applications from inter-tribal organizations and Alaska Native regional corporations to pilot a Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network; a total of 8 planning projects were awarded in FY 2016.  

In the fourth quarter of FY 2016, DOE solicited applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native villages, Alaska Native regional corporations and village corporations) and tribal energy resource development organizations to initiate the First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands. These First Steps projects will be selected for award in the second quarter of FY 2017.

2015

In FY 2014, DOE solicited applications for financial assistance from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations, village corporations, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations) and tribal energy resource development organizations to deploy facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects and community-scale clean energy projects on Indian lands. A total of 10 deployment projects were awarded in Fiscal Year 2015.

2014

In FY 2013, DOE solicited applications for financial assistance from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations, village corporations, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations) and tribal energy resource development organizations to deploy community-scale clean energy projects on Indian lands. Eight projects were awarded in FY 2014.

In FY 2013, a total of five projects were selected to receive technical assistance through the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program for renewable energy project development and installation; these projects were awarded in FY 2014.

2012

In FY 2011, DOE solicited applications for financial assistance from federally recognized Native American Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Alaska Native corporations for renewable energy development and deployment in Indian Country.

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications for:

  • Feasibility Study
  • Development (Preconstruction) Activities
  • Deployment (Construction) of Renewable Energy Power Projects.

A total of 15 projects were selected and awarded in FY 2012 (13 feasibility studies and two development projects).

2011

In FY 2011, DOE solicited applications for financial assistance from federally recognized Native American Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Alaska Native corporations.

A total of 30 projects were selected for award.

The solicitations are summarized below.

Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications to conduct feasibility studies for:

  1. Topic Area 1: Feasibility Study
  2. Topic Area 2: Installation Project

Thirteen energy efficiency projects (nine feasibility study projects and four installation projects) were awarded in FY 2011.

First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications for:

  1. Topic Area 1: Strategic Energy Planning
  2. Topic Area 2: Energy Options Analysis
  3. Topic Area 3: Energy Organization Development
  4. Topic Area 4: Human Capacity Building

Seventeen First Steps projects were awarded in FY 2011.

2010

In FY 2009, DOE solicited applications for financial assistance from federally recognized Native American Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Alaska Native corporations.

A total of 36 projects were selected under the FY 2009 solicitations and received awards in FY 2010. 

Three solicitations were issued and are summarized below.

Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency Deployment in Indian Country

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications for:

  1. Installation of efficiency improvements to existing tribally owned buildings, including;
    1. Energy efficiency improvements and/or
    2. Renewable energy system installations for building heating or cooling; or
  2. Preconstruction activities for renewable energy projects; or
  3. Construction of renewable energy projects for power production. The feasibility studies were intended to demonstrate the potential sustainability of renewable energy development on tribal lands, including the potential economic and environmental benefits to the tribe.

Eleven projects were awarded, including five energy efficiency installation projects, five renewable energy preconstruction projects, and one renewable energy construction project.

Assessing the Feasibility of Renewable Energy Development and Energy Efficiency Deployment on Tribal Lands

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications to conduct feasibility studies for either the:

  1. Implementation of building efficiency measures, including:
    1. Energy efficiency improvements and/or
    2. Renewable energy systems to meet the building's heating or cooling load; or
  2. Development of economically sustainable renewable energy installations.

Seventeen feasibility studies were awarded.

First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

Under this solicitation, DOE sought applications for:

  • Technical and administrative weatherization education and training and/or
  • Skills development through apprenticeships or on-the-job training at existing weatherization provider organizations.

Eight First Steps projects were awarded in FY 2010.